So, 13 days to Christmas, and the baking is ongoing in my house! Don’t you just love the smells of cinammon and orange when you enter a home?
In Denmark (my second home country), we bake non-stop during the month of December and it is such a delight to do it with friends over a cup of hot cocoa or even a glass of warm Glogg (hot red wine filled with spices!!). Would you like to experiment in some of our danish delights? Here is an easy one; the cookies should be heart shaped and can be used as decoration on the Christmas Tree, then eaten!
this recipe makes approx. 50 pieces, depending on the size of your heart!
435 g Honey (1 1/3 cup)
100 g butter (1/2 cup)
200 g dark sugar (1 1/3 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1tsp all spice
700 g flour (5 1/3 cup)
1 tsp baking soda
Melt honey, sugar and butter over low fire then remove from heat. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Mix all dry ingredients (spices and flour) and then add to the cooled butter mix, either by mixer or by hand. Blend well. Let the dough rest for 1 hour, then roll out on a table (with some extra flour) until it is ½ cm thick (you can make it even thinner, it is more delicious). Use heart shaped forms (or any form you like!) and cut out 50 pcs. Place on a baking sheet in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees Celsius – 392 F) and bake for 10 minutes. Only 5 minutes for thin cookies.
Cool down the cookies and decorate with white powder sugar mixed with a bit of water (let it be liquid).
Would you like more inspiration from Christmas cooking? Let me know…